Who can fail to be be enchanted by that small speck of a brown bird the Wren?
Long entwined in folklore and tied up in religious beliefs it is believed to have been a sacred bird to the Druids. Variously being protrayed as a sinner or a saint in the dim and distant past there is still an Irish Tradition carried out today called ‘Wren Day’ on the 26th December. Involving hunting a wren then displaying it on a decorated pole around the houses (nowadays a fake one).
I love the Latin name of the Wren, Troglodytes Troglodytes, so good they had to name it twice! Apparently it means cave dweller? Which makes it all the more appropriate for me as somehow the name Troglodyte reminds me of a giant, which is ironic considering this is one of the UK’s smallest bird. Diminutive this little one may be but tiny it’s voice isn’t. In the warmer months it always amazes me how many times I will be woken from my slumber about 5am by the ear piercing song of the wren, well not a song really just a repetitive tweet. Earlier and louder than any of the other birds, it certainly is not a bird you can ignore.
But seeing it is a different story, you may think you have seen a brown mouse quickly scurrying in the undergrowth before you have realised after a few minutes it is actually a little bird. Once you have got your eye on it, is a delight to see zipping here there and everywhere looking for tasty little morsels for dinner. Usually keeping under cover most of the time, if it does come out in the open you will get the chance to see it’s distinctive little round shape with the cocked up tail.
If we have a prolonged cold winter this bird can really suffer and sometimes their numbers can drop by 90%. Due to their size they are vulnerable to heat loss and will huddle together in a roost somewhere to keep warm in the cold months. Luckily they always seem to recover their numbers as they are one of out most common birds. But I for one never tire of seeing them in my Garden. I hope you like my little Jenny Wren on a branch with one of it’s eggs, I loved making this bird. Catherine x